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  • Nomination of Vivek Hallegere Murthy to Be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, Subject to Qualifications Therefor as Provided By Law and Regulations, and to Be…

    by Senator Edward J. Markey

    Posted on 2014-12-15

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    MARKEY. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.



    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    Murthy Nomination Mr. MARKEY. Madam President, I rise to speak briefly to say that Dr. Murthy is about as well qualified to be Surgeon General as anyone has ever been. He brings a unique set of skills, background, and perspective that is going to serve our Nation very well. It is my hope the Senate will take this great opportunity to ensure he is given the position to serve our country with his incredible background in the way that I know all Americans are ultimately going to come to be very proud.

    I want everyone to know that in Massachusetts we are very proud of him. We in Massachusetts know that he has developed a skill set which is much needed for the 21st century, much needed in an era where diseases cross international boundaries, where there is a recombinant of DNA of disease that increasingly, because of the global nature of the world we live in, is coming back here to the United States. This is our opportunity to put a real leader in this position--a leader who then can give leadership not only to our own country but to the rest of the world as well.

    So I urge an affirmative vote for Dr. Murthy to become our new Surgeon General.

    I yield the floor, and I suggest the absence of a quorum.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

    The assistant bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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